Harness racing makes stop in Corydon
Indiana Sired Fair Circuit harness racing was on hold for a week while Grand Circuit stakes races took place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and at Hoosier Park in Anderson. This week would have been smack dab in the middle of the Indiana State Fair, if it had not been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead, harness racing went ahead, with no fans and no state fair trappings.
The premier stakes event at Hoosier Park, which celebrates Indiana’s most famous “Indiana Pacer,” the Dan Patch Stakes, was Friday night, part of a 15-race card of stellar contests. The upset winner of the $225,000 Dan Patch Stakes was the Canadian horse Century Faroah, in a time of 1:47:2 which equaled the track record. That also equals the fastest mile ever paced in the state of Indiana.
Local horses took the “off” week as an opportunity to rest or to compete at Hoosier Park in other than stakes races. The Charlie Conrad stable raced five of its county fair horses at Anderson with 3-year-old trotter Mt. Swanmore picking up a fifth-place check, 3-year-old pacer Bludhaven gathering third-place money and 3-year-old pacing filly Moscato finishing seventh in her race.
Two-year-olds from the Conrad barn racing last week at Hoosier Park included Jack Wacker, taking second place, and Ultimaroca, finishing sixth.
Elsewhere, a few horses with local connections competed in the Kentucky Fair Finals at the Red Mile track in Lexington.
From the Brock stable, which trains at the Corydon fairgrounds, 3-year-old pacer Herschel W. was fifth in the championship for his division, as was 2-year-old pacing filly Shakira’s Song, who was fifth in her final.
Brock also picked up third-place money in a race that day for older pacers with Winyard Hanover. In the same race, the Conrad Stable’s mare Primo Extremo was fifth. In the final for freshman pacing colts, Conrad was fifth with Seaside Hill.
In pari-mutuel action in other states, Lanesville native To the Limit won his race at Running Aces in Minneapolis in a time of 1:55:0. His younger sister, Brandon’s Rose, was sixth in her race at Hawthorne Race Course in Chicago. Both horses are from Alvin Walther’s mare Hoosier Vacation and were born and raised south of Lanesville.
Indiana Sired Fair Circuit action returns this week with a full card of racing scheduled for the Harrison County fairgrounds in Corydon today (Wednesday) beginning at 1 p.m. Several local horses will compete, and admission to the public is free. There will be 20 races contested, involving 100 head of race horses, including nine horses with local connections.